We love to go birding! Central New Mexico Audubon offers weekend and weekday trips to members and nonmembers alike. All field trips are FREE and anyone is welcome! In addition, we have birding opportunities from other organizations posted here!
You can also view a calendar of trips by visiting our “Calendar” page.
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Thursday Birders meet almost every Thursday in Albuquerque. You don’t need to let the leader know you will be attending – just show up at the meeting spot no later than the specified time. If you have any questions email or call the trip leader for that particular day.
Las Huertas Canyon
Drive to Las Huertas Canyon on the north side of the Sandia Mountains with Bernie and Pauline Morris: 505-369-1227, firstname.lastname@example.org. Take I-25 north out of Albuquerque and take exit 242 to Placitas. Drive east on NM 165 for 2.8 miles. The group will meet at 7:00 a.m. in the US Forest Service parking area at the west entrance to Forest Loop Road on the south side of NM 165. The group will bird there for a while looking for desert scrub birds. Since the road up the mountain is deeply rutted, people with high clearance vehicles will be asked to drive the group further east on NM 165 through Placitas for nine miles on paved road, and then for four miles on unpaved, rough road until reaching the lower parking lot of the Los Huertas Picnic Area. Bring a picnic lunch. A $3 parking fee or Federal Pass is required per car. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $1.50 at five cents per mile. The drivers should have their riders back to the Forest Service parking lot by 1:00 p.m.
Drive to see raptors on the eastern plains of Torrance County with Bonnie Long: 505-379-1985, email@example.com. Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the Tijeras Senior Center parking area on NM 333/ Rt. 66. To reach the parking area, turn north on Tijeras Avenue, just west of the Tijeras Library. A secondary meeting place is the Pilot Travel Center located on north NM 41 after taking the second Moriarty exit from I-40. Meet there at 8:30 a.m. The group will drive south of Moriarty to look for raptors. Lunch will be at the Old Mill in Estancia. The group should be back in Tijeras in the late afternoon. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $5 at five cents per mile.
La Ventana Natural Arch and The Narrows
Visit La Ventana Natural Arch and The Narrows southeast of Grants, NM, with Rebecca Gracey: 505-362-5095, firstname.lastname@example.org. TO ARRANGE CAR POOLING, meet at 7:20 a.m. for a 7:30 departure from the northwest corner of the parking lot of the Hotel Albuquerque, located at 800 Rio Grande NW. From I-40, take the Rio Grande exit, and drive south to the first stop light at Bellamah NW. Turn east toward the hotel and enter the parking lot on the right. TO REACH THE TRIP DESTINATION, drive west on I-40 toward Grants and take exit 89 toward NM 117. There is a gas station/convenience store there where participants will gather. From there the group will drive about 17 miles south on 117 to La Ventana. After birding there the group will drive 3.8 miles to The Narrows for birding and lunch. Bring your own lunch. The distance is 90 miles, 180 miles round trip. For those not driving, the shared gas expense is $9 at five cents per mile. The trip should end in the late afternoon.
Alameda Open Space
Walk in the Alameda Open Space in the North Valley with Leah Henzler: 505-280-2085, email@example.com. Meet at 8:15 a.m. in the Open Space parking lot on the south side of Alameda Boulevard, just east of the Rio Grande River. The one-mile walk will end before noon.
Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area
Travel to the Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area, Belen Marsh, and Owlville with Linda Heinze: 505-270-1779, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the parking lot behind the Hawthorn Suites on Gibson SE and University Boulevard or 8:50 at Whitfield located at 2424 Hwy 47. After a 1.5 mile walk around the perimeter, the group will go to the Belen Marsh and then Owlville to look for Burrowing Owls near Los Lunas, finishing around noon. Participants are then invited to have lunch at Teofilo’s in Los Lunas. For those not driving, the shared gas expense is $3.50 at five cents per mile.
Ojito de San Antonio Open Space
Visit Ojito de San Antonio Open Space in Cedar Crest with Barbara Hussey: 505-385-1165, email@example.com. Meet at 8:20 a.m. for an 8:30 departure from the north side of the Sprouts parking lot in the Four Hills Village Shopping Center on Central Avenue and Tramway Boulevard SE. Parking for the Open Space is just west of the San Antonio de Padua Church. Take the Tijeras/Cedar Crest Exit from I-40, drive north toward Cedar Crest on NM 14 for one mile. Then make a left turn onto San Antonio Drive just before the church. For those not driving, the shared gas expense is $1 at five cents per mile.
Drive to Cochiti Lake with Judy Liddell: 505-220-7998, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the Target parking lot at I-25 and Paseo del Norte. Meet in the northwest corner of the parking lot and park in spots facing Paseo del Norte. The lot can be accessed from Paseo del Norte just east of I-25, or from San Pedro one block south of San Pedro/Paseo del Norte. The group will access Cochiti Lake from NM 16 in order to take the Tetilla Peak Road on the north side of the lake. People can also meet the group on NM 16 at the turn off to Tetilla Peak at 8:30, but PLEASE let Judy know by Wednesday, September 26, to expect you there. Bring lunch. For those not driving, the shared gas expense is $5 at five cents per mile. The main part of the trip will end after lunch. For those that are interested, there will be the option of driving through Pena Blanca after lunch. The group should be back in Albuquerque by mid-afternoon.
Randall Davey Audubon Center
Travel to the Randall Davey Audubon Center in Santa Fe, NM, with Lefty Arnold: 505-514-9398, email@example.com. Meet at 8:17 a.m. for an 8:27 departure from the parking lot on the south side of Sprouts in the Far North Shopping Center on the east side of San Mateo and north side of Academy Boulevard NE. The address at Randall Davey is 1800 Upper Canyon Road. Bring lunch. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $6 at five cents per mile. The group should be back in Albuquerque in the mid afternoon.
Bosque del Apache NWR
Visit the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge with Rebecca Gracey: 505-362-5095, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the parking lot behind the Hawthorn Suites on University Boulevard and Gibson, SE. A secondary meeting place will be McDonald’s in Socorro at 9:15 for a quick rest stop and just enough time to get food to go. The group will depart for the Bosque del Apache at 9:30. Bring lunch. A $5 entrance fee or Federal Pass is required per car. The group should be back in Albuquerque in the late afternoon. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $10 at five cents per mile.
Valle de Oro NWR
Visit Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge with Becky Purvis: 505-930-3424, email@example.com. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the refuge entrance on 2nd Street by the refuge sign. To reach the refuge, drive south on I-25 and take the Rio Bravo Exit. Drive west on Rio Bravo to 2nd Street. Turn south on 2nd and drive 3.2 miles to the entrance. The group will drive to different areas of the refuge and take a couple of half-mile walks. The trip will end before noon.
Pueblo Montano Open Space
Visit Pueblo Montano Open Space for a two-mile walk on the ditch trail with Pauline and Bernie Morris: 505-369-1227, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot that is located on the south side of Montano and one block east of Coors. It can be accessed from either street. The walk will end before noon.
Hike in Embudito Canyon with Linda Otterson: 505-280-3123, email@example.com. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the trailhead parking lot. To reach the canyon, drive east on Montgomery past Tramway, then turn left on Glenwood Hills. Continue 0.4 of a mile, turn right on Trailhead Road and continue to the parking lot. This is an easy 1.5-mile walk ending before noon.
Open Space Visitor Center
Walk in the Open Space Visitor Center and nearby bosque with Susan Chaudoir: 985-302-2878, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the center’s parking lot on the east side of Coors Boulevard. The entrance road, Bosque Meadows Road, is located north of Montano Road and south of Paseo del Norte. It will be a two-mile walk ending before noon.
No trip is planned since this is the week of the Festival of the Cranes at the Bosque del Apache. Enjoy the festival!
No trip is planned for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Walk in the Corrales bosque with Perrianne Houghton: 505-321-2015, Perrianne_h@yahoo.com. Meet at 8:50 a.m. for a 9:00 departure from the shopping area north of Alameda Road/NM 528 and east of Corrales Road/NM 448. Park by the Boxing Bear Brewing Company where parking is not restricted. The group will carpool from there to one of the bosque locations followed by lunch at Village Pizza in Corrales.
If you have any questions about the Thursday Birders trips, contact Rebecca Gracey.
CNMAS Field Trips
CNMAS Trips occur irregularly throughout the year on weekends. Notice that some trips are overnight events. Be sure and contact leaders before you attend! Please make sure to contact your leader prior to the trip as plans may change, leaders appreciate it and some trips are limited to a set number of participants. CNMAS and its leaders encourage car-pooling, especially on longer trips.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Birding by Boat – Sunrise Float
5:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Join Kim Score for a sunrise river trip to take advantage of the morning bird chorus and practice your birding-by-ear and bird language skills. We will be on the water for 3.5 hours, ear birding and eBirding our way through the scenic Corrales bosque. We will be canoeing and kayaking an 8.5-mile stretch of the Middle Rio Grande from the North Corrales bosque to the Alameda bridge. On last summer’s trip we found over 50 species of birds!
Kim is contracting with Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures, which will provide passenger shuttling, canoes, kayaks, life vests, and safety and training. Cost per person is $40 to $45, depending on your boat rental. If you bring your own watercraft there is a $10 discount. For more info visit https://www.quietwaterspaddling.com/.
We will meet at 5:30 a.m. at the Quiet Waters office, 105 D Pleasant View Drive, Bernalillo, to begin training and loading up, then be shuttled to the starting location for a 6:30 put-in on the water.
Please RSVP by June 12 to Kim at email@example.com or contact her with questions. Maximum group limit is 15. Once you have RSVP’d, Kim will send you a link to pay and register online with Quiet Waters.
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Red Canyon – Manzano Mountains
7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Four Hills Shopping Center by Einstein Bros. Please arrive a bit early if you’d like to carpool. And bring your lunch.
We will drive a little over an hour to visit Manzano Pond and then continue to Red Canyon where we will start the hike. This area did not burn in the recent years’ fires and still has intact forest (fingers crossed! We will come up with a different location should this change between now and then.) We will look for montane species including Cordilleran Flycatcher, all three nuthatches and Western Tanager. It is a relatively unexplored area and who knows what else we may find!
The hike will last two and a half to three hours. It is classified as moderate, so please bring appropriate footwear. The trail is well marked but can be narrow in spots with some steeper climbs.
This trip will be limited to 10 participants. Please RSVP to Christopher Rustay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Rio Chama from Abiquiu Lake to Christ in the Desert Monastery
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Pack your lunch and meet at 8:00 a.m. at the parking lot on the south side of the Abiquiu Lake visitor center on NM-96.
Join Judy Liddell to explore the riparian habitat below Abiquiu Dam that often hosts a plethora of migrating species in late August, then head to the area along Forest Road 151 along the Rio Chama, which serves as a migration corridor in late summer. Potential species include Sage Thrasher, Pinyon Jay, Clark’s Nutcracker, Townsend’s Solitare and sparrows and warblers.
Please RSVP by August 23 to Judy by phone, 505-220-7998, or e-mail email@example.com.
If you have any comments, concerns, suggestions, or praise for the CNMAS Field Trips contact the Field Trip Director.
Other Birding Opportunities
But that’s not all, we want to share the love! There are many other groups that organize trips in the New Mexico. Here we have provided a list of field outings sponsored by other organizations.
Rio Grande Nature Center Weekend Bird Walks
Every Saturday & Sunday – 8:30 am
w/ Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
The FRGNC offers birding trips every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year starting at 8:30 am. Walks are FREE and open to anyone. They start at the Candelaria Wetlands Blind in the Northeast corner of the parking lot at the Rio Grande Nature Center and last from 1 to 3 hours touring the grounds at the Nature Center. Note that there is a parking fee of $3 unless you have a New Mexico State Parks Pass or Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center pass.
For more information about the Rio Grande Nature Center, visit the friends webpage by clicking here.
Valle de Oro NWR Bird Walks
Every third Saturday of the month
w/ Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge
Every third Saturday of the month Valle de Oro NWR offers two guided bird walks: one for the beginning enthusiast and one for the more advanced birder. The walks are structured depending on participant turn-out and time of year. Since birds and other wildlife are most active early in the morning, the goal is to start within one hour of sunrise. Start times vary; details are on the Events page of the Friends of Valle de Oro website: http://friendsofvalledeoro.wildapricot.org/.
Sangre De Cristo Audubon Society Field Trips
Sangre De Cristo Audubon (based in Santa Fe, NM) has regular field trips throughout the year.
Mention Central New Mexico Audubon Society when you sign up for a 2017 trip to Asa Wright Nature Center in Trinidad for a $100 donation from Caligo Ventures.